or phar·ma·co·pe·ia

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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength and purity, and other related information.
  2. a stock of drugs.

Origin of pharmacopoeia

1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formsphar·ma·co·poe·ial, phar·ma·co·poe·ic, adjectivephar·ma·co·poe·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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sometimes US pharmacopeia

  1. an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
Derived Formspharmacopoeial or pharmacopoeic, adjectivepharmacopoeist, noun

Word Origin for pharmacopoeia

C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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pharmacopoeia in Medicine


  1. A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.
  2. A collection or stock of drugs.
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